Despite  your glass of Champagne, unfortunately you cannot forget the extreme difficulties we are facing to. Mind elevation is strongly required! Fear has become a common factor in most of our societies. Conflicts are running everywhere revealing many fractures in our foundations. Social inequalities and climate change are following their progression enhancing and accelerating […]

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An open letter to the Serbian science ministry – coinciding with the new government’s first 100 days in office – and an accompanying petition signed by 850 scientists so far, makes for pretty dim reading on the state of research ethics in Serbia. The systematic and apparently state-endorsed practice of artificially boosting one’s ratings […]

Serbian scientists decry systematic plagiarism, predatory publishing

More than 800 scientists have signed a petition started two weeks ago campaigning for an overhaul of research ethics and the assessment process for researchers in Serbia, amid systematic and widely-tolerated academic misconduct. An open letter has also been sent to the science and education ministry. The letter details a damning situation of […]

Scientists petition Serbian government to tackle misconduct

A report for the Serbian science ministry by the Centre for Evaluation in Education and Science (CEON) found that whopping 11% of scientific journal articles by Serbian authors published in English language but in Serbian journals were plagiarised. The proportion was similar across all sciences (natural, medical, technical and social). Apart from […]

A tsunami of plagiarism in Serbia, but hardly any retractions

You may think that in a country with regular plagiarism scandals there would be many retractions. But a search for ‘retractions’ in the open-access depository of academic journals, Hrcak Srce, shows only two retraction notices among more than 70,000 articles in 271 journals indexed there. There may be several reasons for this. One […]

How do Croatian scientists deal with retractions and misconduct?

A decade-long fight around Croatia’s premier scientific journal, which has garnered international respect for its quality standards, has flared up again. Last week, the two editors-in-chief of the Croatian Medical Journal (CMJ) resigned after what they say are years of obstruction by members of the management board that made running the journal […]

Editors of Croatian Medical Journal Resign Amid Long-Running Feu